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Re: technical dino question



You wrote: 

>
>       I was discussing methods with a person yesterday regarding size 
deter-
>mination of an entire animal on the basis of a single bone element. The 
person
>said they recalled seeing a text or report that dealt with estimating 
body
>mass based on femur diameter. Their understanding was that somehow one 
could
>calculate the amount of mass supported by a limb from the diameter 
through
>the bone. They were unable to remember the title or author. Does anyone 
recall
>any such report or text? I am looking for some challenging mathematical 
calcu-
>lations appropriate for 9th/10th grade students involving dinosaur bone 
casts.
>Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support.
>Martin Tillett


See Anderson, J., Hall-Martin, A., and Russell, D.  1985.  Long bone 
circumference and weight in mammals.  Zoological Journal A 207:53-61.